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November 25, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(22):1738-1739. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740470052022

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Alcoholism and Heredity  Addressing the Freiburg Medical Society, Professor Seiffert of the Freiburg Hygienic Institute reported a study of large groups of children (1,700 from the Kaiserstuhl region and 2,000 from the Margrave territory) as to whether alcohol has any hereditary influence on the gonads. These two regions are well known because of the wines produced there. Records were made with regard to height, weight, chest girth, constitutional type and qualities, and performance in the 60 meter dash. The figures obtained were compared with figures from other regions, as from Freiburg itself. It was found that the children from the grape-growing regions were better developed than the children constituting the control material. Seiffert draws the conclusion that alcohol has no practical importance from the standpoint of its hereditary influence on the gonads. Later, the genealogies of twenty heavy drinkers who were treated in sanatoriums were studied. It was ascertained that

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